www.boxoffice.com - : At its fanfare Riviera launch in 2003, ''The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,'' HBO Films' biopic of the comic genius, directed by Stephen Hopkins (''Under Suspicion''), seemed to have everything going for it. A stellar cast headed by Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush in the lead and Charlize Theron as his lover and second wife Britt Ekland; British talent Emily Watson seconded by Rush to play first wife Anne; and a brilliant supporting ensemble. Professionally, a scintillating subject whose films still have a cult following and wider resonance, delivered (compliments of Sellers' estate) with a massive home movie collection. Personally, the film aimed to expose the comic's less well known psychological underbelly--a tormented , erratic, at times cruel, lost soul who used his masks and impersonations to fill the void within. A promoter's dream--it came tinged with controversy generated by Sellers' brother, Michael, who objected to the negative spin in the biography on which the screenplay was allegedly based. Unsurprisingly, it was one of the Cannes competition's most awaited movies. more...